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Ultra-flat, ultra-flexible, cost-effective robotic pods for handling legacy in logistics

Objective

The market for automatically guided vehicles in logistic applications is growing rather slowly in spite of the market potential that has been forecasted. There are markets and applications, which literally cry for automation by AGVs not only for economic, but also for social reasons: hospitals and care facilities. Irrespective of the burning needs there are major barriers, however, which prevent such automation. Two of them are cost and legacy in existing logistic solutions. Today’s hospital logistic robots are bulky, heavy, and with a price of 50+ KEUR for a single vehicle they are very expensive. At the same time these AGVs are often highly specialized and can only deal with few containers or supply carts. In a typical logistic environment there are however, dozens of different containers and such carts. In a nutshell there is a bad need for AGVs, which are low-cost and can deal with a great variety of legacy.

The general objective of this proposal is to develop and implement a disruptive concept for AGVs that lowers the still existing barrier in logistics by offering

* cost-effective, automated or semi-automated indoor transportation of goods,

* while coping with existing legacy in terms of size, shape, and weight of goods and containers,

* without imposing disruptive changes in existing logistic solutions, such as rebuilding entire warehouses or switching to new containers or storage technology.

We will put an equal emphasis on cost-effective as well as on human-friendly automation of logistic tasks. While cost-effectiveness shall be achieved by preferably using and adapting technology designed for mass-markets, human-friendliness shall be achieved by equipping the AGVs with a (semi-)autonomous shared control mode, in which the robot serves as a force amplifier for the human user and thereby reduces the physical strain on the user.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2016-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Address
Grantham-allee 20
53757 Sankt Augustin
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 826 187,50

Participants (5)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 665 250
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 569 937,50
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGAPLESION FRANKFURTER DIAKONIE KLINIKEN GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 426 500
Address
Ginnheimer Landstrasse 94
60487 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Other
SPECIAAL MACHINEFABRIEK KETELS VOF
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 410 637,50
Address
Bosscheweg 28A
5151BD Drunen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LOCOMOTEC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 596 312,50
Address
Am Hasenberg 3
86899 Landsberg Am Lech
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)